Tips for Advising Students on Academic Probation
Advising students on academic probation may bring new challenges to you as an academic advisor. Below are some tips to keep in mind.
Review the Policy
It is important to review the Academic Probation Policy with each student as most find the policy language confusing (if they have, in fact, read through it). It helps to give the student specific examples, showing possible outcomes for specific grades.
Keep it to 12 Credits
12 credits is ideal for students on academic probation because it gives them a chance to be successful with a manageable courseload. Many times, a student who registers for the normal 15-18 credit courseload, finds him/herself overwhelmed by the middle of the semester. Often-times, students have multiple academic and personal concerns that need to be addressed and sometimes this takes more than just one quarter to get under control.
Please keep in mind that if a student is repeating courses, Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), may be effected. Encourage students to contact Financial Aid, or click here for information on the SAP Policy.
Review the Academic Probation Contract
One of the most important things an academic advisor can do is help probation students identify and resolve obstacles that are preventing them from being academically successful. The Contract is a guide to assist students in recognizing the steps they need to take to repair their GPA and establish Academic Good Standing.
Refer to Academic and Campus Resources
It is important to refer students to any and all academic and other campus resources that can help them improve their academic success. These include the Learning Center, Mathematics Tutoring Lab, Counseling Center, Disability Support Services, and the Career Services.
Repeating courses is the quickest way for students to raise their cumulative GPA. Consult the Course Repeat Policy, for specific information regarding this policy as well as the Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for information on how this may effect Financial Aid.